The Jockey Club confirmed on Monday that Nevin Truesdale has been promoted to Group Chief Executive at the organisation having held the role of ‘acting’ Group Chief Executive since the end of August.

Having joined as Group Finance Director from Centrica plc in 2013 and has been a senior executive at the Jockey Club for the last seven years. He also held roles at The AA and Ernst & Young and is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

Truesdale, who is also a racing fan and racehorse owner, is also a Board Director of Jockey Club Racecourses, The National Stud, Jockey Club Catering, The Racecourse Association and Racecourse Media Group.

Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said: “The Board are delight to appoint Nevin as our Group Chief Executive. He has demonstrated excellent leadership of the whole business over the last few months and first-class performance as a senior executive over several years.

“He and his senior team have now completed a significant reorganisation programme designed to set The Jockey Club onto firm footing for innovation, growth and sustainability for the future, and I wish him every success in the role.”

Truesdale added: “The Jockey Club is full of talented and hardworking women and men who are passionate about the future of British Racing, whether they have come into the industry from a whole range of different sectors or hard a career within the sport to date.

“I’d like to pay tribute to how our teams have handled the challenges of the pandemic and its impacts so far and I’m confident we will navigate this crisis and on to a very exciting future.

“Over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed strengthening working relationships and making significant progress for the industry with our diverse range of stakeholders and commercial partners.

“Collaboration and strong relationships are so important to delivering success, as is listening to your customers, providing fantastic experiences for all and constantly embracing change and innovation. We’ll be working hard to continue our success in these areas in the years to come.”